The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced that its 2023 Annual Dinner will feature Erik Weihenmayer as the headline speaker. The Dinner will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. When he stood on the top of Carstensz Pyramid in 2008, he completed his quest to climb all of the Seven Summits-the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Erik is the author of the best selling memoir, "Touch the Top of the World," which was made into a feature film, as well as "The Adversity Advantage," which shows readers how to turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness. His latest book, "No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon" is more than an adventure story; it illuminates how we move forward in our lives toward growth and purpose despite the barriers that get in our way. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers Life to audiences around the world.
Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers and contribute to the world.